My daughter is unique. In the past, I have used other adjectives like: quirky, odd, and “special,” but for now… we’ll go with unique. Truthfully, she is exceptionally bright and exceptionally creative, which tends to make her very atypical. She doesn’t fit well in a traditional educational system, which is geared toward the 80% of people who are “Left Brained” (who think traditionally). She is Right Brained… way, way right-brained.
Yesterday, she had some free time, which usually meant that she was doing something “artsy” like drawing, or playing with clay, or reenacting an entire book or movie, complete with dialogue, using Poly Pockets and stuffed animals as cast members, but today, she was using my Wii Fit program. I was in the office writing, so naturally, I assumed that she was exercising. After two hours or so, as I emerged from my “cave,” I found that my daughter was still in front of the T.V.; Wii remote in hand. I asked her what she was doing. She just had to show me; she had created several Mii characters (Mii characters are, generally, avatars of real people – characters who look like you – who copy your movements as you flail on the wireless fitness board trying to beat your kid’s top scores which they achieved easily, but with a great deal of effort you were finally able to beat, letting them know that you’re not dead yet.). My daughter’s first character, Mary, was tall with long black hair. She was wearing blue. Another was Peter, who had really big hair. Paul had a beard. I was beginning to sense a theme when sure enough, the tall, bearded, smiling guy next to Peter turned out to be Jesus. Over the last two hours, she had created a small army of biblical Mii characters. She then asked me to help her create Moses to complete her collection. She didn’t know what Moses looked like, and had assumed that I was old enough to remember. Maybe she thought that my Mii avatar was similar-looking.
Her thinking – the reason she made all these Bible Miis – was that while she was jogging on “jogger island,” she could run with some or see some of them waiving to her, since Wii Fitness characters are placed on the island at random to jog with you or wave and cheer you on. She wanted Bible folks encouraging her! Once she left jogger island, she might play doubles tennis against Mark and Luke, or go bowling with Jesus (I did warn her that Jesus would always win – he bowls a 300! The guy’s perfect.). She saw Wii Fitness as a world where family, friends and Bible characters could all live together and interact. She created Wii Heaven. I must admit that when I jog on jogger island — once a year or so — and I see Jesus waiving at me, it makes me happy.